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June 4th, 2008
San Marcos schools named Top Tech district in Central Texas

From Time Warner Cable

For the second year in a row, Time Warner Cable has recognized San Marcos CISD as its 2008 Tech District of the Year. This award goes out to the district that demonstrates the highest proficiency in multimedia instruction.

San Marcos CISD edged out other Central Texas school districts by demonstrating high levels of proficiency and participation in Time Warner Cable’s Teacher Awards program. Doris Miller Junior High teacher Lisa Jones won 3rd Place in the Teacher Technology Awards for her project, Texas History Mystery.

“We are very pleased to present this award to the San Marcos community,” said Stacy Schmitt, vice president of public affairs and government relations for Time Warner Cable–Central Texas division. “San Marcos CISD faculty, staff and students should all be commended for their innovative approach to learning.”

As a partner in the Cable in the Classroom initiative, Time Warner Cable provides each San Marcos CISD campus with free cable television service. Additionally, Time Warner Cable is the broadband provider for the school district. This gives access to countless hours of educational programming on television and an array of online education resources.

Superintendent Patty Shafer said, “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award again this year. It is a testimony to all the hard work of our staff of district technologists and of Ronda Stonecipher who coordinates the instructional technology for the Teaching and Learning Department. It is often challenging to prepare our students for careers and jobs that may not even exist now. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, and our district team makes great efforts to stay abreast of the advancements to best help our students both learn now and perform later in the job markets. Thank you, Time Warner, for recognizing those efforts.”

Time Warner Cable’s National Teacher Awards is an important part of the company’s community service and educational support. What began as a commitment to connect schools in its coverage areas to cable and provide commercial-free educational programming to those schools has grown to keep pace with changes in education and technology.

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